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4/1/13

Natural Sugar Free Sweetener From Your Garden ~ Stevia


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We've always felt a natural aversion towards artificial sweeteners and have generally avoided using them.  We've opted for white, cane and brown sugar as the sweeteners of choice at our house.  It seems as though our instincts are correct as the data begins to come in on relatively new artificial sweeteners. 

Cancer.Gov Factsheet

We make an effort to limit our sugar consumption and acknowledge that even raw sugar eaten in excess is unhealthy.  Additionally, sugar prices have been on the rise making it an increasingly expensive commodity.  This article is an excellent read and lends some insight as to why the US has some of the most expensive sugar prices in the world.  It also helps explain why many companies opt to use the less expensive, high fructose corn syrup as a sweetener. We don't need a .gov site to tell us that high fructose corn syrup should not be a staple in any diet.

Sugar Prices Reflect a Commodity Rife with Regulation

 

It hasn't been until recently that we've been aware of the natural sweetener, Stevia that we can grow in our garden.  This natural alternative is easy unbelievably inexpensive and healthy.  Our affiliate, Burpee Gardening has two Stevia varieties available as seeds.  The seeds are indoor sow, meaning you must start the plants inside as seedlings.  We plan to start ours this week as the last frost is quickly approaching.   Once the plants are established they can be transplanted into a garden or outdoor container.  Don't fret if you are unable to get seeds started in time.  In addition to seeds, Burpee offers the Sweet Leaf Variety as a plant.   

 Be sure to cover all of your garden purchases  - the 20% off coupon code below is for a limited time.

 Stevia, Sweet Leaf 

Stevia, Sweet Leaf

Natural sugar-free sweetener.
Leaves are 30 times sweeter than sugar. Single plant yields up to a ½ lb. of dried leaf. All parts of the plant are sweet, but pick the herb's short-stemmed leaves for fresh use. Leaves can be sun-dried, powdered and stored in an airtight container for future use. Burpee Exclusive.
Sun: Full Sun 
Height: 12-20  inches
Days to Maturity: 40-60  days
Sowing Method: Indoor Sow


Herb, Stevia, HoneyDip®

Herb, Stevia, HoneyDip

The sweetest sugar substitute ever.
Burpee Exclusive
The sweetest of the sweetest! Burpee-bred variety with 36" tall plants, produces the sweetest stevia leaves you will find. While all parts of the plant are sweet, pick the herb's short-stemmed leaves for fresh use. Leaves can be sun-dried, powdered and stored in an airtight container for future use. Exclusive.
Sun: Full Sun 
Height: 36  inches
Days to Maturity: 60  days
Sowing Method: Indoor Sow

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Great Article on How to Grow Stevia from Stevia.com

 

Enjoy your sweet tea this summer with no guilt or fear of chemicals.





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